As I re-read a text message I’d just sent about the upcoming Lunar Eclipse (April 25/26) I had to have a little chuckle. Instead of saying ‘good time for inner healing’, the auto spell-check had changed it to ‘god time for inner healing.’ Indeed it is. We’re now in the vortex of an Eclipse period as we gear up for this week’s Lunar Eclipse on 05° 46’ Scorpio, the Solar Eclipse on 19° 31’ Taurus (May 9/10) and a Lunar Eclipse on 04° 08’ Sagittarius (24/25 May).
Super quick astro lesson for anyone interested: All of the above points are somewhere on the ‘clock’ of your astrological natal chart, which is a snapshot of where all the planets where at the exact moment of your birth, among other things. You can get a free copy of your natal chart at www.astro.com to see where the above Eclipse points fall for you. Eclipses are particularly impactful on your life if they occur on or very close to one of your natal planets or a significant point in your natal chart eg Ascendant, North Node. However, we are all touched in some way by eclipses because all of us have the astrological degree they occur on somewhere in our charts.
Eclipse periods conjur up images of our ‘Help Team’ upstairs rolling up their sleeves, and saying ever so politely: “Okay, please step aside for a few moments. We have some things to shift in your psyche/life, a few things to improve, a few insights need to be moved up on your awareness radar. Look, you’re doing really well on your own but time is a ticking and your soul has a schedule it needs to keep up with. Every now and again we need to adjust and accelerate a few things, and now is one of those times – it’s God time.”
Eclipses act like the fast forward button on your remote control. They accelerate parts of your life movie to get you where you need to be, with respect to who you came here to be, what you came here to do and what your soul most desires to experience. Sometimes a very tangible event occurs on an Eclipse that changes your life completely and other times you don’t realise until hindsight that something occurred around that time that ultimately changed the course of your life in some way. Sometimes an Eclipse triggers an inner healing, that ultimately paves the way for outer change.
One thing is for sure – you can’t run or hide from an Eclipse if it’s supposed to trigger something for you. Just like that quote from the movie “Taken”, it will look for you and it will find you. That makes Eclipses sound like something to fear, and definitely many people do feel some anxiety when they know an Eclipse is going to hit a part of their chart because they don’t know what kind of ‘healing event’ or ‘course-correction’ is about to occur. Ultimately however, Eclipses are always ‘heaven-sent’. They help us do what we couldn’t do alone. They give us a push where we were too scared to jump. They make us connect with parts of ourselves we didn’t feel ready to connect with earlier. Sometimes this comes in the form of loss, other times an unexpected gain, but they always leave you with a gift in one way or other.
It is helpful to recognise and consciously be aware of anything that is trying to get your attention at this time. Lunar Eclipses occur at the Full Moon, so are more emotional in nature. They are powerful for releasing old, subconscious, self-sabotaging thoughts, beliefs, habits and patterns. Lunar Eclipses are most commonly associated with loss and letting go, but as you can see this doesn’t automatically indicate a ‘sad’ thing. It can be a relief and major inner ‘aha moment’ to finally let go of something that’s been holding you back.
Solar Eclipses occur at the New Moon and are most often associated with outer events, opening the door to a new chapter.
Generally speaking, they often occur in pairs (Solar + Lunar) but this Eclipse period contains two Lunar Eclipses on either side of the Solar which indicates a lot of emotional healing will be going on over the next month for a lot of people. Even if you aren’t impacted directly, it is likely that someone around you will be going through a major inner or outer shift. Knowing we’re in an Eclipse period can help us understand that what looks like random chaos or upheaval is actually intricately planned, highly organised soul shifting and transformation.